Flyers, Broncos drop Monarchs in road losses
Aquinas boys basketball was tied with No. 5 (D-2) Humphrey St. Francis entering the fourth quarter on Feb. 5, but a 13-0 Flyer run to start the fourth quarter sealed the game 61-55 for St. Francis.
The game was a tight race the whole way. After the first quarter, the score was tied 10-10. The Monarchs possessed a 25-21 lead at halftime.
Just over two minutes into the second half, Rylan Chromy’s putback extened the Aquians advantage to 27-21.
The two teams then traded shots until Humphrey St. Francis went on a 8-0 run to take a 34-30 lead with two minutes left in the third.
Dan Stara ended the run with a layup, and Braden Smith score five points in the final minute including two free throws with nine seconds left to level the score.
The start of the fourth is when it fell apart for the Monarchs. St. Francis had scored 12 points by the midway point. Flyer junior Trevor Pfeifer stole all the momentum with a dunk during the run.
Aquinas’ Zach Zavodny finally ended the run by knocking down a pair of free throws to make the score 51-41.
Smith scored the next six points for the Monarchs over the next two minutes including two layups and two free throws.
Aquinas still trailed 57-46 after his layup with just over a minute left in the game.
Jack Jakub hit a 3-pointer with 40 second left in the game, and Zavodny scored on a 3-point play on back-to-back possessions to narrow the lead to 58-52.
After two missed free throws from the Flyers, Jakub hit another 3 with 14 seconds left. St. Francis iced the game though, converting on 3 of 4 free throws in the final 10 seconds.
FEB 8 - Centennial 62, Aquinas Catholic 43: Poor second and third quarters spelled the end for the Monarchs. Aquinas was outscored 23-10 in the second and 17-3 in the third.
FEB 8 - Wilber-Clatonia 47, David City 46: It was a close game the whole way, but Daivd City couldn’t stop the fourth quarter comeback by Wilber-Clatonia. Josh Seibert led the Scouts with 15 points.
FEB 8 - Clarkson/Leigh 78, East Butler 72 (OT): Jaden Rhynalds scored 32 points, but Clarkson/Leigh freshman Jarred Novotny scored 42.
“Offensively we played pretty well,” said coach Greg Jahde. “Lots of guys stepped up and made shots. Defensively we were disappointing. We seemed flat-footed and didn’t locate shooters. You can’t give up 78 and expect to win.”
FEB 7 - Madison 86, David City 76: David City fell behind 30-11 in the opening eight minutes.
FEB 4 - Yutan 69, David City 52: After winning five in a row, the David City boys have lost two of three after allowing Yutan junior Trey Knudsen a near season-high with 28 points in a loss to the Chieftans.
Knudsen, averaging nearly 16 points per game, had his sixth game of 20 points or more and has had three of those in the last five games.
David City trailed 18-17 after the first eight minutes before Knudsen and Yutan went into halftime up 37-28. The Chieftans maintained an advantage the rest of the way while dropping the Scouts to 10-8 with just three regular-season games remaining on the schedule.
FEB. 5 - East Butler 52, Cross County 49: Junior Jaden Rhynalds scored 34 points, hitting 4 of 7 3-pointers as the Tigers held on to the victory over the Cougars.
The Tigers had a seven-point lead after the first quarter then had to hold on as the Cougars scored 30 points in the second half.
“I’m really proud of how well we played together,” said head coach Greg Jahde in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “We shot 45 percent and forced them to take a lot of outside jumpers. This was a great win for us on the road against a quality team.”
Nate Tenopir and Peter Huguenin are sports editor and sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach them via email at DVDsports@lee.net